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Polysyllabic words game

Submitted by Kathy Crockford on Mon, 2013-09-30 20:00

Literacy: Ww/L1.1, Ww/L2.1, Syllables

General: Dyslexia support

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Sort or match cards

This is a game to form new words using syllables.All these words have three parts to them and multiple words can be made using different parts in different order

I have used this with L1 and L2 learners and they love it. I let them work in groups – no more than 5 otherwise it gets a bit too busy and confusing.

You may need to have pre-taught some common prefixes and suffixes and rules; how prefixes never change the spelling of the root word they join, etc..

Interactive CV template

Submitted by Iulian Scutelnicu on Wed, 2013-09-25 12:28

Literacy: General literacy / English, Form filling, Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

ICT: Functional ICT

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Resource type: ICT task sheet, Interactive worksheet, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Simulation of completing an online CV. Very easy to use, fill in the boxes and print after completion.

Costa Concordia - inference and bias

Submitted by Jenny Scott on Sun, 2013-02-17 13:34

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L2.4, Rt/L2.5

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Level: L2

This is a news article about the sinking of the Costa Concordia. It is focused on an account of the situation as reported by the local mayor.
The article is accompanied by questions about what might be inferred from the account, what might be the mayor’s opinion and whether or not the account is biased. The questions have been used with adults studying for Edexcel Functional Skills at Level 2.

Jumbled Poems & Limericks

Submitted by Kathy Crockford on Mon, 2013-02-11 13:14

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rw/E1.2, Rw/E2.2, SLlr/E1.2, Poetry

Pre-entry: Rw/M8.2

General: Dyslexia support

Context: Health, Social care, Early years

Resource type: Game, Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards

Level: E1, E2, E3

This resource helps learners hear rhymes and recognise corresponding letters/digraphs, rimes and onsets etc. Take simple limericks and poems and get your learners to put them together.

I created my own limericks to match work we had been doing on long vowel sounds (it is not that difficult to do once you get started).

Maths vocabulary test

Submitted by Matthew Tiller on Thu, 2013-01-24 13:06

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

ESOL: ESOL Reading

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Resource type: Quiz, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

A 12-question test, designed for an Adult Numeracy class consisting largely of ESOL speakers.
Covers the terms “import” and “export”, since these often crop up in exams. Also mean, mode, median and range, and the meanings of “discount”, “under”, “approximately”, “difference” and “enlarged”. A little fraction revision, too: students have to identify 1/3 as “one-third”.

Design a revision board game for Functional Skills

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Sun, 2012-09-30 19:20

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

ICT: Functional ICT

ESOL: General ESOL

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: game, revision

Resource type: Game, Revision material

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Students design a board game to demonstrate their learning. This can incorporate IT skills (Word template provided below) or can be done with paper, card and pens.

I originally did this with an E2E group and it proved popular. It’s an alternative to the “design a poster” task to review learning. The instructions are set out as a board game. it can be used for literacy, numeracy, ICT or ESOL.

Olympics 2012 Torch relay

Submitted by Nicola Smith on Thu, 2012-06-14 11:05

Literacy: Speaking & Listening

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths, Functional Maths - measures, shape, money, Functional Maths - number

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Olympics

Context: Sport

Resource type: Discussion points, Ice breaker, Listening and/or speaking activity, Quiz, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1

Page 1: 8 maths questions relating to olympic torch
Page 2: Picture quiz: who is carrying the torch?
Page 3: Picture quiz: famous UK landmarks.
Page 4: UK cities – anagrams
Page 5: Answers

  • Quizzes on pages 2 and 3 make good ice breakers and can also be used for SL&C discussion prompts.

Grammar quiz

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Thu, 2012-05-24 09:38

Literacy: Apply grammar, Functional English - writing

General: Exam tips and help

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Interactive presentation

PPT slides with common errors.
Originally designed for a GCSE class, it can also be used with L1/L2 learners.

Editor’s note: covers a range of common errors found at E3-L2. Easily adapted to suit your students’ levels and/or to
include real mistakes from your students’ work.

Spelling strategies evaluation

Submitted by Lisa Smith on Sat, 2012-04-28 18:05

Literacy: Ww/E2.1, Ww/E3.1, Ww/L1.1, Ww/L2.1

General: Dyslexia support

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Handout or guide, Hands-on / practical activity, Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment

This was designed to be used with a group of dyslexic learners but would be applicable for any learners with spelling difficulties.

I have used this by separating the group into small groups or pairs and then giving each group a different strategy to try with one of the words from the word list (two are provided – one for E2-E3, one for L1-2) or a word of their own that they want to spell.

The learners get 10 minutes with each strategy and then need to evaluate the strategy.

The next England manager

Submitted by Richard Buckley on Sun, 2012-03-11 21:03

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

ICT: Finding and selecting information, Developing, presenting and communicating information

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: Sport

Resource type: Discussion points, ICT task sheet, Investigation or project, Listening and/or speaking activity, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1, L2

Learners must choose the next manager of the England football team. Using the task sheet to guide them, they must research, collate and present information for five candidates and then make the final choice.

There is scope for plenty of lively discussion around the choices made and also about what the manager’s job entails.

A Power Point presentation is included as an example, but can also be printed out to use in some of the additional activities described.

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